Whether it stems from superstition, good luck, or to rile up the crowds, athletes and sports fans are notorious for following traditions. At an Oakland Raiders game, you’ll see the “Black Hole” section housing some of the most intense fans of any sport. The Ohio State marching band performs their traditional “dotting the i” routine. Whatever the custom is, fans and players alike embrace it. Do you know the origin of the “terrible towel” at Pittsburgh Steelers games that began in 1975?
Have Yourself A Milk
After spending three hours racing, your body gets drained. This is especially true if you’re competing in the heat. Naturally, you might want either water or a sports drink, but after you win the Indy 500, you get handed a nice cold bottle of milk. The tradition started in 1936 when Louis Meyer, who regularly drank buttermilk, was seen chugging it after the win.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 500 in 2014 and said: “I had always dreamt of drinking that milk. When it actually happens, and they hand you the bottle you’re like, ‘Wow, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for all these years.'”